Tyler Sash, the former New York Giants safety, has died at the age of 27, the Iowa state medical examiner’s office told TheWrap.
Sash was found unresponsive in his home on Tuesday. No cause of death was immediately apparent. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Sash played for the New York Giants from 2011 to 2013. He was a member of the 2011 Giants squad that won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, snapping the Patriots’ chance at an undefeated season. He left the Giants 2013 in an injury settlement after sustaining a concussion.
Prior to going pro, Sash played safety for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He led the Big 10 with six interceptions for the 2009 season. He also set a school record by racking up 350 career interception return yards.
He was also considered for both the Lott Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski award, both awarded annually to the top college defensive player in the country.
“We are all very saddened to hear about the untimely loss of Tyler,” Iowas coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “It is always so difficult when it involves someone this young. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Tyler’s family during this extremely difficult time — and we want them to know they are not in this alone.”